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Support Staffordshire Day at Uttoxeter Races Postponed to 2021

Fri 15 May 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid19 government restrictions we have been forced to postpone our Support Staffordshire Day at Uttoxeter Races.

After discussion with the Race Course, a postponement of 12 months is the sensible decision. Although the exact date is not yet fixed, it will be roughly the same weekend in 2021.

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Government support: Getting the balance right

Thu 14 May 2020

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At a time of national crisis the role of government is critical: it needs to do whatever it takes to support the nation, as the chancellor put it. And in general, I’m pleased the government has recognised that demands on charities have increased significantly as the crisis has hit communities everywhere. 

The £750m that the government is making available for charities, when it all arrives, is an important step.

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FREE Webinar: An introduction to LinkedIn for the charity sector

Thu 14 May 2020

Dates Available: 21 May 2020 


The charity sector is currently experiencing some of its greatest challenges in modern memory. However, adversity can also be the catalyst for change and a chance to do things differently.

Most of us know how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we generally use it in our personal life, but the one platform that contains the greatest number of high net individuals is on LinkedIn. 

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Harnessing the power of the Covid-19 response for long term community benefit

Thu 14 May 2020

Over the last two months, the broad range of urgent responses across Staffordshire has taken many forms, from local authorities working with voluntary sector groups and businesses, to new mutual aid groups setting up in a matter of hours, to the fantastic neighbourly street level support response that has supported and sustained so many who have required it. This could be in terms of helping to get shopping or food deliveries for those unable to leave home, to medication collection from busy pharmacies, reducing loneliness and isolation or even walking a dog or cutting someone’s hedge.

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Updates: Coronavirus and diabetes From Diabetes UK

Tue 12 May 2020

UPDATED 11 MAY 

We're reviewing our guidance in line with the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday 10th May. We’ll update this page as soon as possible. While we do this, the most up-to-date information relating to coronavirus where you live can be found at:

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A heart warming VE day performance by Shine and Sign Youngsters

Mon 11 May 2020

A Makaton choir has marked VE Day by putting together a heartwarming video of the Vera Lynn classic We’ll Meet Again.

The Shine & Sign choir, which was set up by the charity Liberty for vulnerable young people with SEND to communicate their love of music, has been rehearsing via the video conferencing site Zoom.

The choir has proved to be invaluable for some of its members who have difficulties speaking and communicating. Makaton is a special language programme which uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate.

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Online Introduction to Autism workshop developed by MPFT to support families

Mon 11 May 2020

The NHS service supporting autistic children and young people in South Staffordshire and their families has developed a new online workshop in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s interim Children and Young People’s Autism Service has worked with a number of families to adapt its face-to-face Introduction to Autism session into an easy-to-use podcast-style audio and video workshop.

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Open Letter to All volunteers in Stafford Borough Councillor Jeremy Pert

Mon 11 May 2020

Issued 7 March 2020


Good Morning,

In March the world as we knew it changed for so many people in the UK due to the coronavirus. During that month the country went into lockdown apart from those working to keep vital services going, in the NHS, in social care, in farming, food and distribution and in food retailing to name just a few of our key workers.

I am sure we all want to pay tribute to those who are so actively supporting the fightback against COVID-19, including all these people.

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Friends Against Scams

Thu 7 May 2020

National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team launched a new initiative last week called Businesses Against Scams (BAS).

It is a simple toolkit that businesses can use to help train their employees on how to spot certain types of scams that are more prevalent within businesses due to the current pandemic sweeping the UK. 

The initiative provides free online training modules that will help staff identify and prevent potential scams.

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